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We've seen the frightening headlines from around the country, with states like Missouri, Georgia and Alabama enacting immoral and unconstitutional abortion bans. A legislator in Texas even proposed a bill that would give women the death penalty for having abortions! 

This dangerous legislation isn't just happening in the states. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for a bill requiring a nation-wide 20-week abortion ban, which if passed, would further victimize women typically facing a devastating medical crisis in their pregnancies. It's all part of a well-funded extremist agenda to reassert control over women's bodies and drum up support for anti-abortion politicians in an election year. 

Will you sign our petition and join us in speaking out against these horrible attacks on women? Tell your lawmakers they must prioritize the health of their constituents and not the national extremist groups that fund their campaigns. 

We hope that all of our dedicated grassroots activists are joining with NOW and our partner organizations today in hosting or attending events for the Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans around the country. 

If you haven’t already registered, you can visit www.stopabortionbans.org to RSVP and use the convenient map to find an event near you! 

Don’t forget to bring along your NOW rounds, stickers and pins. If you live in the Washington, DC area, please join the national NOW team at the U.S. Supreme Court at noon. 

by Mechelle Hankerson, originally published in the Virginia Mercury

Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, doesn’t think there are too many black women eyeing Virginia’s highest posts.

“We hear of two African-American women thinking about running for governor and that’s awesome,” she said at an event hosted by the national political organization She the People Saturday at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

“But we also hear people say, ‘But what if they run against each other, then maybe one won’t win the general election.’ We need to call that kind of thinking out.”

Later in the same speech, Herring became the latest black woman who appears to be considering higher office.

Read the full article at the Virginia Mercury

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Trump Expansion of Religious Refusal Targets Women, Shreds Democracy and Puts Politics Over Health Care
Statement by National NOW President Toni Van Pelt

May 3, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump announced an expanded “conscience rule,” otherwise known as a religious refusal, that will further erode the government’s role in protecting women’s health, replacing the delivery of health care with partisan, extremist politics. 

Virginia NOW invites you to join other members, friends and supporters Thursday, February 14th to rally on the Capitol steps in Richmond in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. National NOW President Toni Van Pelt will be speaking! Together, we can make history by making Virginia the 38th state to ratify the ERA.

The Resolution to ratify the ERA has resoundingly passed the Senate but is being held hostage by a House committee. Today, Virginia NOW President Connie Cordovilla contacted delegates to tell them timely action is needed this week to shine a bright light of success on our beleaguered Commonwealth. The ERA needs to come to the House floor, where there is bipartisan support to pass, and we can show that Virginia is the state for lovers of equality. Contact your delegate now with this message: 81% of all Virginians are in favor of ERA Ratification. Bring the ERA to the floor for a vote.